Yes, the couch can be a wonderful respite from a busy workweek, but this is New York City.
Don’t miss out on all the city that never sleeps offers during the week.
From comedy shows to live music, from food events to pop-ups and more, there is so much to catch after your shift ends.
Here are our best bets for this week:
Learn about Edgar Allan Poe’s time in NYC with Boroughs of the Dead
This two-hour discussion with Andrea Janes, the founder of Boroughs of the Dead, will deal with Poe’s time in Greenwich Village during the 1840s, where he lived and wrote some of his famous works. Janes also will talk about his writings, "Doings of Gotham," which chronicled current events in the city in 1844, "The Balloon-Hoax," "The Mystery of Marie Roget," "The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar," and "The Raven." ($20; 6:30 p.m.; The Merchant’s House Museum, 29 E. Fourth St.; merchantshouse.org)
Take the ‘Spirits of Brooklyn’ Tour
Madam Morbid Trolley Tours and the Kings County Distillery are doing a joint trolley/distillery tour and whiskey tasting. The trolley, which is Victorian- and funeral-inspired, will drive you around as Madame Morbid talks about Brooklyn’s sordid past. Then you’ll be dropped off at the distillery for a spooky tour and tasting. ($69; Oct. 8 and 15; 7 p.m.; North Ninth Street and Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg; madamemorbid.com)
Check out the CRAFTED x Riverhead series
At Riverhead Books’ Sip & Stitch, embroider patterns based on select Riverhead books, enjoy some appetizers and cocktails, and talk books, including featured work by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "City of Girls," and Jacqueline Woodson, author of "Red at the Bone." ($30; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Lululemon Soho, 520 Broadway, Manhattan; eventbrite.com)
See ‘Frankenstein’ the musical
See the horrifying classic "Frankenstein" done as a two-act musical by composer and physicist Eric B. Sirota and director Clint Hromsco. ($39.50-$59.50; Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and at 11 a.m. on Nov. 20 and Dec. 18; St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 W. 46th St., thefrankensteinmusical.com)
Relive ‘Animaniacs’ with Rob Paulson
The voice of Pinky from "Pinky and the Brain," Yakko from "Animaniacs" and other iconic characters will be at Joe’s Pub with composer Randy Rogel, who wrote many of the songs Paulsen performed in the shows. The two of them will perform 20 songs set to clips. Paulsen will also do a book signing at The Strand on Thursday. ($35 with a two drink or $12 minimum per person; 7 p.m.; 425 Lafayette St., Manhattan; publictheater.org)
Shop an open-air farmers market
Peruse fresh produce, ciders, honey, syrups, baked goods, meats, eggs, cheeses, wine and spirits and more from vendors and farms from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The market is open through Oct. 25, Wednesday-Friday of each week. (Free admission; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Rockefeller Plaza, between 49th and 50th streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues, Manhattan)
Open Riff Night
Frank Conniff (Frank on "Mystery Science Theater 3000") is hosting a live show where you get to riff on clips of awful movies. It’s open mic so anyone can do it. Those who are deemed the best get to riff with Conniff at the end of the night. ($5 to riff and $8 to watch; 9 to 10:30 p.m.; Q.E.D. Astoria, 27-16 23rd St.; eventbrite.com)
Meet Zadie Smith and hear about her new works
The author of "White Teeth," "The Autograph Man," "On Beauty," "NW" and "Swing Time," will be at Community Bookstore, where she will discuss her new story collection, "Grand Union." ($35; 6:30 p.m.; Murmrr Theatre, 17 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn; eventbrite.com)
‘Kill’ an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
John Kevin Jones, a Poe impersonator, will perform Poe’s tales "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Raven," "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Cask of Amontillado" in the parlor of the Merchant’s House Museum, which will be made up with a coffin and mirrors in black crepe. ($40-$55, Sept. 24- Oct. 13 and Oct. 31-Nov. 3; 29 E. Fourth St., merchantshouse.org)